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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Donald Trump Connection Leaves Chef José Andrés With Questions To Answer

The famous developer's new luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue will feature a flagship restaurant by the superchef. Some activists say that Andrés should rethink the deal with Trump, who is facing a big backlash against comments he made about Mexicans.

Listen: News Conference On The Washington Navy Yard Incident

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, the commander of Navy Installations Command; and D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier take questions.

Which Peruvian Artists To See At The Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Susana Baca,. Los Wembler’s de Iquitos and more suggestions from WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth.fm music site.

After Massive Response At Navy Yard, Police Say No Evidence Of A Shooter Found

Authorities received an alert about a potential shooter, which triggered a large response in keeping with protocols established after the 2013 massacre at the facility, officials said.

No Evidence Of Shooting At Navy Yard, Officials Say

The facility in Southeast D.C. was locked down Thursday morning after reports of shots fired, but officials later said there was no evidence of a shooting, no one had been arrested, and no weapons had been found.

Wheelchair-Accessibility Deadline For Taxis Prompts Threat, Confusion

The D.C. Taxicab Commission is ordering 21 companies to cease all operations by July 15 for failing to meet a deadline to convert at least 6 percent of their fleets to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. But some companies on that list say they weren't required to meet the standard.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Metro Connection: July 3, 2015

We'll follow efforts to save one of Virginia's most endangered places, and visit a D.C. school with an ambitious goal: to create a model for educating city kids and erasing the achievement gap.

As D.C.'s Cost Of Living Rises, So Does Hunger Among Seniors

Washington says the D.C. Office on Aging does not appear to have enough money in its budget to add any more District seniors to its home-delivered meals program.

Clips: Where WAMU's Velvety-Voiced Talk-Show Host Gets His Shave-And-A-Haircut

As we continue our exploration of D.C.'s barber shop, we visit Kojo Nnamdi's longtime haunt in Park View.

How Gordonsville, Virginia, Became The 'Fried Chicken Capital of the World'

After the Civil War, a group of black women in Gordonsville, Va. supported themselves by peddling fried chicken to train passengers passing through their town.

Bookend: Author Mary Amato And The Changing World of Children's Literature

Author Mary Amato shares what it's like to pen prose for the younger set.

'Portal': A Shipping Container-Turned-Art Project Connecting People Across the Globe

When is a shipping container not just a shipping container? When it's also a public art project designed to spark conversations among people around the world.

Montgomery County Looks To Crack Down On Predatory Tow Trucks

Tow truck scammers, beware: Montgomery County is looking to crack down on you.

Endangered Port Royal, Virginia, Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin

In colonial times, Port Royal, Va. was a thriving port town. Now, it's fighting for its very survival.

D.C. Charter School Uses Tough Love To Erase Achievement Gap

If you set the bar high, can you erase the achievement gap in American schools? We'll talk with the first graduates of a D.C. charter school that's trying to do just that.